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Dulcimer players plan weekend jam

Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2010

There's going to be some jamming in Columbia County on Friday.

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The Mistletoe Dulcimer Jam, sponsored by the Garden City Strummers, will continue through next weekend.

"Garden City Strummers is part of a larger group, the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association, with 21 satellite groups throughout the state," said Marilyn Grau, a member of the local group. "The association has jams like this around the state throughout the year. Some include educational workshops, and some are just for jamming."

The jam will be very informal, with players sitting in a circle.

"The biggest day will be Saturday, and you never know how many folks will show up or what they'll bring to play," Grau said. "Most people will have mountain dulcimers, of course, but there may also be folks with bowed dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, psalteries, violins, banjos, guitars, string basses, harmonicas, spoons -- you name it."

Guests are welcome and can bring an instrument and join in.

"Since some players will be more advanced than others, the group plays the song at the tempo of the one who suggested it," Grau said. "We'll always choose a well-known tune that most people in the group will know or can pick up quickly."

Saturday morning, Grau will take any beginners to another room and teach them several chords and strumming patterns. They will then be able to join the group on several numbers.

"We'll have extra instruments for anyone who wants to join us," she said.

Other jam sessions will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For information on the Mistletoe Dulcimer Jam, call (706) 541-0321.



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